A 68-year-old woman is running from New York to San Francisco to honor her late husband and others who have lost their lives to cancer. Linda So reports.
Rosie Swale Pope pounds the pavement with purpose. Each step is a labor of love for this 68-year-old from Wales. She's on a journey to run across the U.S. to honor her late husband and others who have lost their lives to cancer. SOUNDBITE: RUNNER ROSIE SWALE POPE, SAYING: "Many people who lose someone, you realize you are at a crossroad at your life. You can either be finished and do nothing... Or you can try to make a break for it." And that's exactly what Rosie did. She embarked on her nearly 3,400-mile journey last October from New York. She runs 10 miles a day and hopes to make it to San Francisco by the end of the year. Her only constant companion, this bright orange cart she uses to sleep in. SOUNDBITE: RUNNER ROSIE SWALE POPE, SAYING: "I'm usually so tired when I stop I will go to sleep bang wallop and I'll wake up feeling full of beans and have some coffee and fill my hot water bottles." When she isn't running, Rosie will spend time catching up on a favorite book or emailing her two children back in the UK. She hopes her journey across America will inspire others to keep living life to the fullest. SOUNDBITE: RUNNER ROSIE SWALE POPE, SAYING: "Don't give up. Keep going. There are no rewards for giving up." SOUNDBITE: RUNNER ROSIE SWALE POPE, SAYING: "This time last year, I couldn't walk with my knee. I had an operation on it exactly a year ago. I thought 'what am I going to do?' Then I thought 'come on, don't be silly. Put your head in a different place. If you put your head in a different place, say 'I have all the time in the world.' Then your mind relaxes and you can do stuff." On her trek, Rosie has met with cancer survivors and spoken at Princeton University. She is determined to keep putting one foot in front of the other in honor of those who could not because of cancer.